Years ago, my friend Ann from Lawrence introduced me to the joys of yard-saling. (It's not a word, I know!) I have been hooked ever since. No, really. I have a problem. My kids laugh at me as I turn into a neighborhood, relentlessly following signs, even though I have about 75 cents left. Just. One. More. Hey, 75 cents can buy a lot at a garage sale!
Today, Sam and I had some time to run around, and I found some great stuff (I think!).
- Four like-new cute purses for $2 each. I plan on giving a couple to Mom.
- A pair of rubber boots for Annes for 50 cents.
- An oblong tin-tile planter for 50 cents.
- The basket of hydrangeas for 50 cents. I plan on pulling out the dusty flowers and using the basket for the girls' crocheting stuff, 'cause I like the shape of it.
- A Tommy Hilfiger shirt for Kevin for $1.
- Some other clothes/books/odds and ends for a quarter to fifty cents.
- My very favorite find: the kitschy old paint-by-numbers boat picture for the boys' room, which has a travel/sailing theme. This was my most expensive purchase today, at $4.
Here are my top rules for yard-saling:
1. Stop at every one you have time for. Even if, from the street, it looks like a bunch of junk, you should check it out anyway. You never know what little treasure is hiding in there. Case in point: The sale where I found the purses was almost entirely tools. There was one big box, though, of those great purses. The man even gave me a bit of a deal off the marked prices....his wife wasn't around. Hope I didn't cause any marital discord. :)
2. Don't be afraid to ask for a lower price. Almost every time I ask, I get a "sure"!
3. Don't give up! For every sale where I find something good, there are probably 3-4 that I don't.
I have found that giving the kids 50 cents or a dollar each to spend helps them understand the value of money. They have found some amazing toys at garage sales, and it really makes them think before they plunk down $14.99 for something similar at Wal-Mart. Also, I have recently encouraged them to get rid of something at home if they find something to buy. This helps to keep us from drowning in stuff. It also makes them really weigh if they like their goodie that much.